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Robert Bast

Robert BastAssociate Professor
Department of History
Ph.D., University of Arizona
Project: Prophet and King of the World's Last Age: Augustin Bader's Reformation, 1524-1530

This project traces the evolution of Reformation apocalypticism from the populist uprising of Augsburg's evangelical artisans to the dissident movement around the exiled weaver Augustine Bader. It traces Bader's transformation through successive stages: from urban lay preacher to wandering prophet to millennial, messianic king of the world's last age. It charts and analyzes the various encounters with Anabaptists, revolutionary evangelicals, and Jews that formed the raw material from which Bader crafted his religious identity. In the process this book will highlight the extraordinary cross-currents of apocalyptic expectation coursing through early modern Europe, and the agency of common people in appropriating them in ways that satisfied religious aspirations shunted aside as the Reformation made common cause with traditional regimes of power.

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